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Dover Public Library interior

reading roomThe Reading Room, now known as the Browse Room.

circulation deskThe Circulation Desk was located in front of the stacks area.
You had to request items, no browsing!

stacksThe glass floor is still here, just hidden under carpet.

periodicals roomThe Periodicals Room was located on the ground floor, where the Technical Services Office is now. Note the tin ceiling, it is still there!

browse roomThe Reference Room.

historical roomThe Historical Room. Most of the furniture is still in use.

trustees roomThis same table is still in use in the Trustees Room. It is over 100 years old.

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